Chinese woman charged in trade secrets theft

DES MOINES, Iowa — Federal agents have charged a Chinese woman in a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies.

Mo Yun was arrested in Los Angeles and indicted Wednesday on a charge of conspiracy to steal trade secrets. The federal indictment said she is one of seven Chinese nationals to be indicted as part of an operation to steal patented seed corn from fields in Iowa and Illinois and ship it to China to try to reproduce its traits.

Federal prosecutors in Des Moines said the team worked for Chinese conglomerate DBN Group.

Mo Yun is the wife of DBN’s chairman, Shao Genhou, and the sister of Mo Hailong, the international business director for the company, who was arrested in December and is awaiting trial.

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